About 75 people gathered this morning at the Best Western in Sheridan to honor children and those who make sure those children have a voice in the court system.
The “Light of Hope” breakfast was put on by CASA, which is the Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns organization. The CASA group is a private, non-profit organization that provides court advocacy and family visitation services for children.
During a brief film short, those attending learned that the mission of volunteers is to give help and hope to children who do not think they're worthy. Here's one of them, talking about her CASA guardian.
The group also gathered to honor this year's Champion for Children. Receiving the award was Reta Onstott, who was described as a pioneer for child advocacy and child rights at both the local and state level. Making the introduction was Sandra O'Dell, who is the executive director of the Child Development Center.
The guest speaker was State Treasurer Mark Gordon, who was introduced as a long-time advocate for children. The politician from Buffalo said it was good to be a part of something so important to his community. After the event, he took a moment to talk about why he supports the group.
The CASA group, which serves the counties of both Johnson and Sheridan is funded in part by the Division of Victim Services for the state of Wyoming, along with private donations.